Victor Hwang - Motivational Speaker
Victor W. Hwang is CEO, co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. T2VC mentors and invests in innovative companies with breakthrough technologies. But unlike any other firm of its kind, T2VC also leverages the practical know-how of company-building to design innovation ecosystems around the world. This expertise includes capital formation, innovation policy, and entrepreneurial development for partners such as the World Bank, USAID, and numerous governments and corporations.Victor is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference on building innovation ecosystems that attracts delegates from nearly 50 countries. Victor is past President of Larta Institute, a leading organization commercializing technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Victor is co-founder of Liquidity Corporation, a water purification company backed by leading executives and investors. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company's acquisition by DivX. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a startup that increases copper mining production. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow, a network of leaders in the venture capital industry. He advises the World Bank on innovation and venture capital formation in emerging markets. He has mentored hundreds of startup companies over the years.
Victor is primary co-author of the book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2012), which explains how society can foster innovative economies. The book was awarded Book of the Year (Gold Medal) from ForeWord Reviews. The book has been praised as "an insightful, forward-thinking assessment of what makes Silicon Valley tick" (Kirkus Reviews) and "a detailed analysis of the power of environment on startup success" (Forbes). Victor Hwang is author of the follow-up book, The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013), a short, full-color, lively do-it-yourself guide to catalyze innovation in any company, organization, or region. Victor is also a contributing columnist to Forbes magazine, where he authors the blog Riffs from the Rainforest. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur.
Previously, Victor was a corporate attorney in technology matters with Irell & Manella and the international firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Victor practiced in a variety of legal areas, including negotiating venture capital investments, public and private equity and debt, and multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Victor has also counseled on a range of new technology issues, including software development, telecommunications, multimedia, intellectual property, and the Internet.
Victor graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. with Honors, studying Government plus additional studies in Computer Science, Computer Architecture, and Operating Systems Design. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago with a J.D. He was appointed as a Law Clerk in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1997 and served in national politics from 1995 to 1997.
Victor serves on the International Science and Commercialization Board of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Victor was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. Victor was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program for emerging trans-Atlantic leaders. Victor has reviewed grant investments in startups for the National Science Foundation and the State of California. He has testified on technology policy for both the California Senate and Assembly. His opinions have been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He served on the Steering Committee of the International Banking and Finance Committee of the American Bar Association. He is the co-author of “Selected Developments in Federal Securities Law and California Corporate Law,” Business Law Section of the State Bar of California; Hollywood Unstrung (Entertainment in a Wireless Age); Sand Dollar Report (An Analysis of Venture Investing); and numerous other publications. To book innovation speaker Victor Hwang call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.
Victor Whang delivers speeches on how to foster innovation in companies, communities, and countries. This has included keynote speeches at some of the world's biggest conferences. But he also gives private talks for the smallest groups.
He custom-tailors speeches to fit your needs and your audience, and he entertains audiences with real stories. His speeches educate with eye-opening insights on innovation, human nature, and ecosystems. Ultimately, he hopes to inspire people to action with forward-thinking vision.
General Manager of Gulliver (Chile)
The Rainforest Architects framework is the best I've found to understand the organic nature of the ecosystem, and how to tackle it. Meeting 'Ecosystem Architects' from around the world has been a wonderful opportunity for me. To share their experiences, their challenges and their strategies has given me profound insights for my own challenges.
INNOFOCO, Founder and Chief Catalyst
Victor is not your usual VC. I like the way he uses economic, anthropological, sociological and psychological perspectives to dissect the DNA of the Silicon Valley. His talk was very well received by the audience, and has certainly helped to generate more discussions in Hong Kong on what it takes to build a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem. Good food for thought for anyone who is interested in deciphering the secrets of the Silicon Valley.
Dean of Engineering, New Mexico State University
Victor presented an exciting and engaging workshop to the engineering faculty at New Mexico State University. His work provided a foundation for the faculty to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking within our engineering curriculum. This culture is highly complimentary to a basic engineering education and will create innovators among the faculty and our graduates. Through our partnership with Victor, both groups will increase their capability for contributing to the infrastructure of economic development for the nation.
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